Posts Tagged: dyslexia

Person-First Language: Why it Matters & Why you Should Use It

As Dyslexia Awareness month draws to a close, I’m seeing lots of articles about “dyslexics.” All are well-intentioned, and many are informative, but I can’t help but be thrown by the subtext that a person is defined by their diagnosis. I wrote an argument for person-first language with additional resources (from more articulate people/sources) for Comments… Read more »

Dyslexia Word Cloud

I looked up a few common definitions of dyslexia, and created a Word Cloud from it, below:     Although the words “difficulty,” “disorder,” and “difficulty” are (understandably) quite large, I like how large “intelligence” and “learning” are also quite prominently featured, as are “abilities” and “common.”   Sources used: National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) Merriam-Webster’s… Read more »

Poetry About Dyslexia

Many of my students enjoy writing poetry. Its lack of structure is freeing, and it’s a wonderful outlet for self-reflection for them. Here are a 5 poems I found about dyslexia. The poets are not famous, but they do articulate their feelings about dyslexia in eloquent, relatable ways. My Dyslexia, by Kenjli Dyslexia and Me, by Natalie Davies… Read more »

Top Assistive Technology for Students with Dyslexia

There are so many great tools in app stores these days, but here are a few of my favorite tools for assistive technology. The IDEA defines assistive technology as being “any item, piece of equipment or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the… Read more »

Simulations of Dyslexia

While those who do not have dyslexia may never fully know what it is like to have dyslexia, below are a few simulations that I like that simulate the difficulty of reading and writing fluency. PBS has an amazing series of simulations called “Misunderstood” which includes examples of difficulties with: attention, reading, writing, and math. I’ve seen educators… Read more »

Advantages of Having Dyslexia

Whether dyslexia is a disability, a difference, or something else, research has demonstrated multiple advantages to having dyslexia. A few of them are highlighted below (in honor of Dyslexia Awareness month). Better ability to process visual periphery and/or the “visual gist” or meanings of images than NTs (Neurotypicals), which can be useful in multiple fields, including architecture… Read more »

Famous People With Dyslexia

For Dyslexia Awareness Month (October), I wanted to write a series of posts that focus on dyslexia from multiple viewpoints. To start, here’s a list of Top 10 famous people who have dyslexia or dyslexia-like symptoms, and a quote from each about their struggles or successes: Vince Vaughn (actor) “When you have these setbacks, you… Read more »

Learning Disability or Learning Difference? An Article on

Here’s a topic I have chatted about a lot with colleagues, parents, and friends. Is it a Learning Disability or Learning Difference? What’s the appropriate terminology, and when? I have read several reputable sites (included in the Sources for the article) that argue for the continued use of “Learning Disability” to reduce stigma, and to reduce… Read more »

Top 5 Myths about Dyslexia: Busted! An article on

I am thrilled to announce my latest article on, entitled “5 Myths About Dyslexia: Busted.” It lists common beliefs about dyslexia, then corrects those illusions with the most current research about reading. Some of the language is a little fancy, but it is intended for teachers, parents, and even high school students. Click through the sources to read more… Read more »